• Rahul da Cunha: On a dark, daroo-less highway

    Rahul da Cunha: On a dark, daroo-less highway

    So, the Supreme Court ruling to shut down liquor shops along national and state highways, reminds me a bit of demonetisation – if the latter destabilised an entire economy to catch a few black money hoarders, the former affects the livelihood of thousands, to stop a few drunk drivers

  • Rahul da Cunha: Conversations with a Chappal

    Rahul da Cunha: Conversations with a Chappal

    So, I had a conversation with the most famous footwear in the country. Yes, the same one that slapped an airline officer

  • Rahul da Cunha: Bullies without a brain

    Rahul da Cunha: Bullies without a brain

    (Please note, dear reader — there is no rhythm to these words, no Enimen rap style. They're not lyrics, or slam poetry, or blank verse, just read as you will)

  • Rahul da Cunha: Alpha Male vs Predator

    Rahul da Cunha: Alpha Male vs Predator

    There's a new predator in town. He's slick, he's smarmy, he's a shark in a suit. Like Dick Whittington, he comes to the city seeking much fame and fortune, he tightens his Hindi belt, and looks out at Mumbai like it's Manhattan. Indeed, he has found his Promised Land, his playground

  • Rahul da Cunha: International 'Something' Day

    Rahul da Cunha: International 'Something' Day

    So, it's that month, when a soothsayer apparently warned Julius Caesar about the imminent ides of March

  • Rahul da Cunha: Hey Bro

    Rahul da Cunha: Hey Bro

    So, I use the word 'bro' a lot. Bro transcends language. It's beyond Hindi or English. "Hey bro, chill" is the same as 'Hey bro, tension mat le' in the city

  • Rahul da Cunha: Hashtags and Haruki Murakami

    Rahul da Cunha: Hashtags and Haruki Murakami

    So my mother calls me from her landline. My mater and I rarely communicate by mobile – largely because her handset is a Nokia 1300, once used by the Nazis in World War II. There are only two left in the world. She possesses one, the other is exhibited in the Berlin War Museum

  • Rahul da Cunha: Votes up?

    Rahul da Cunha: Votes up?

    So, it's voting day on Tuesday. I’m driving around Mumbai city, the urban landscape is dotted with gigantic hoardings of various political parties megaphoning their promises

  • Rahul da Cunha: Padmavati Bar & Grill, Goa

    Rahul da Cunha: Padmavati Bar & Grill, Goa

    So I'm making a historical movie called 'Finding Feni'. Set in 1563, Deepika Padukone plays a Portuguese princess, Philomena de Costa Vin Diesel who sails from Lisbon and lands at Aguada Beach in her ship 'El Sorpotel' — she is seeking to discover the best Goa sausage, locally called chorizo

  • Rahul da Cunha: Tension mat lo

    Rahul da Cunha: Tension mat lo

    So, we celebrate another Republic Day. There's something that makes one assess the energy of a country, a city, between the touchstones of a historic event, or a titanic tragedy. Meaning, where are we at, morally, between last January 26 and this one

  • Rahul da Cunha: Inclub Zindabad!

    Rahul da Cunha: Inclub Zindabad!

    So, in our political science class, we were taught about the various forms of government — oligarchies, kingdoms, republics and sultanates

  • Rahul da Cunha: Om Shanti Om

    Rahul da Cunha: Om Shanti Om

    So, Om Prakash Puri has left the building. He’s left his shadow in the abandoned Akashwani Theatre, ex-home of art house movies. He’s left us that pock-marked face, those laser piercing eyes and that subterranean voice

  • Rahul da Cunha: Making my New Year resolutions resolute

    Rahul da Cunha: Making my New Year resolutions resolute

    So, every December 31st, I make New Year promises to myself. And, every year, I've already broken them by January-end

  • Rahul da Cunha: Round up of 6102... Sorry, 2016

    Rahul da Cunha: Round up of 6102... Sorry, 2016

    What a fabulous year 2016 has been

  • Rahul Da Cunha: La La Lovely

    Rahul Da Cunha: La La Lovely

    So, this not a review of La La Land. (Well, certainly not a high funda critique of the movie). And yet, sometimes when a film talks directly to you… you gotta share the experience, right? I mean, just the opening sequence will blow you away, dear reader — a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on a Los Angeles highway

  • Rahul Da Cunha: #YoYoungPerson

    Rahul Da Cunha: #YoYoungPerson

    Yo hey hello…young person/under-21-year-old/collegian/millennial…'Sup? Where you at? Haven't chatted in a while… I wanted to know how you dudes and dudettes were doing. Look, I'll be honest. My interest is a bit selfish. My antenna always goes up when a 'young issue' rears its head – like this nonsense of ripped jeans being banned in my alma mater

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Yeh Life Hai Awesome, Bro

    Rahul Da Cunha: Yeh Life Hai Awesome, Bro

    So I’m always a bit flummoxed with Hindi films that have English words in their title

  • Rahul da Cunha: How to exit a WhatsApp group

    Rahul da Cunha: How to exit a WhatsApp group

    So I’m faced with the biggest quandary of my adult life. I’m racked with potential guilt. I wish to exit my school WhatsApp group

  • Rahul da Cunha: The times they aren't a-changin'

    Rahul da Cunha: The times they aren't a-changin'

    So Coldplay came to town last week, yes? And our Prime Minister quoted extensively from Bob Dylan’s, The Times They Are A-Changing

  • Rahul da Cunha: Yeh queue ho raha hai?

    Rahul da Cunha: Yeh queue ho raha hai?

    So the Finance Minister called me